People can be so frustrating! We’ve all been in a group or team that seems dysfunctional. We’ve had coworkers who are obnoxious, friends who don’t keep our secrets or family members who won’t mind their own business. Relationships with other people are often down right tricky! Working with others can be so frustrating…so unenjoyable…and for a wide variety of reasons. So what is so great about working in groups? And when it comes to our own personal work for development and growth, why should we involve other people?
There are a lot of reasons groups go wrong. Maybe the mix of personalities doesn’t work well or the tasks weren’t evenly distributed at the start. A group can get in a rut and experience groupthink when it is hard to come up with new ideas, or go against the group consensus. Social loafing – when someone in a group doesn’t carry their weight – is an all too common experience. Just ask a current high schooler!
So clearly sometimes it is just better to go the path alone. But as tough as some relationships are in life, partnership with others and a sense of teamwork are commonly a powerful way to move through life. I’ve learned that this is especially true when it comes to personal growth and going after our goals. Continue reading “What’s so great about working in groups?”